Juno's home from the MRI.
"Hey, it was nothin' Big Boy, why are you so worried?"
"Well, I was worried that they shaved your jodhpurs, but I see that they are intact, thank dog!"
Thank dog and praise cheeses! The neurologist found nothing, well , except a little too much fat between her skin and muscles. He took images of her low spine, front and back as well as her lumbar spine.Images of both front, back, and cross sections of her spine revealed no inflammation, no tumors and no disk protrusions. Her spine is in great shape. He was unsettled in hearing about her undiagnosed fever last year and wanted to rule out a meningitis that can occur in the low to mid spine as well, so he did a lumbar tap as well, which showed absolutely no abnormal cells. Last year during her hospitalization she had a cervical spinal tap and that was normal too. The vet noticed she is wobbly, with very little to no muscle in her back legs. He couldn't conduct a complete neuro-exam as she was very unhappy about the entire thing. But he noted that she does not walk properly, and at this point, there is no neurological reason for this. I can't tell you how relieved I am that her spine is in good shape.
Like the orthopedic, he is not convinced it is her hip dysplasia because there is no osteoarthritis (bony protrusions growing from the hip socket or femur to cause pain). And he is recommending an ultrasound on her abdominal cavity to rule out any possible abscess or infection as he's seen abscesses in spay operations that were result of something done wrong. He also recommended more blood work to test for toxoplasmosis, a parasite that responds to the antibiotics that she was once given for her fever but could possibly not have been completely eradicated.
At this point we will be back with the orthopedic surgeon. I would personally like to look further into her blood work for possible signs of other infection or re-run Tick panels (which were done in 2009 when she was sick) just to give me peace of mind. Though she has hip dysplasia, she has regressed this year in her back legs and is more wobbly than ever. And I keep hearing that it's not necessarily caused from the dysplasia. When asked, the neurologist confirmed that her pain can be exercised induced, meaning, her back muscles tense up and tighten after a lot of exercise.
It sure is hard to ask her not to play though:
"Hey stud, how about a little Husky noogy?"
"Ya, that's what I'm talkin about. Get down and stay down, tough guy."
"My name is Juno. Hear me ROAR!"
For now we're certainly going to be doing a lot more of this:
"Hey sister, it's off leash, woo hoo! Catch me if you can!"
"That's sans-laisse en Francais, Big Boy! Talk to the Jodhpurs Baby!"
And a LOT LESS of this:
Pork cutlets braised in two wines with steamed broccoli in champagne vinegar with shallots. Oh my dog, that was to-date my favorite dish. The sauce on the cutlets was heavenly. Too bad for les chiens gras!
They'll be doing a little more of this:
"Last one to Mom is a rotten egg!"
And eating a lot LESS of this:
Lentil soup with pancetta. Another heavenly taste.
I'll continue to do more diagnostics on Juno because I'm not happy that she is regressing in her movement and she has this kind of pain. If everything is ruled out, I will definitely consider surgery for her hips if it is recommended. But for now, I'm happy to have a very cautious orthopedic surgeon rule out everything else.